The Philadelphia Inquirer (02/03/2021) – Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing senior living in the campus’s Lauder College House, hopes to follow iconic tradition and become a dormitory-launched capitalist. Full story »
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP | Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – issued a statement on February 1st that addresses the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible and willing residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and LTC facilities. “To support equity and efficiency in COVID-19 vaccine administration in post-acute and long-term care settings:
- AMDA recommends that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine be administered to short-stay and rehabilitation residents while they are in the nursing home.
- AMDA recommends COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration that continues to prioritize residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and long-term care facilities.
- AMDA urges directives from state and federal governments that reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations.
Skilled Nursing News (02/01/2021) – When the effort to vaccinate long-term care workers and residents began to gather momentum, hesitancy among workers became a prominent issue well before the first shots were administered. Full story »
abc news (01/31/2021) – Frustration is building over the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations at long-term care sites, where some homes still await shots while fending off a virus that can devastate their residents Full story »
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the COVID-19 county positivity data as of February 1, 2021. As a reminder, information regarding the requirement to test nursing home staff based on county positivity is found here. Previous data reports are found in the archive.
Skilled Nursing News (01/28/2021) – Shortages of key nursing home staffers, including nurses and aides, accelerated from May to December 2020, prompting one consumer watchdog to warn that the worst of the long-term care crisis may be yet to come. Full story »
Skilled Nursing News (01/25/2021) – Skilled nursing facilities are in the midst of a massive push to inoculate residents and staff against COVID-19, with the eventual hope of restoring routine visitations and opening more broadly to admissions from hospitals and the community. Full story »
Skilled Nursing News (01/20/2021) – Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, will likely bring an uptick in enforcement and an increased focus on compliance from the agency as political scrutiny turns to long-term care facilities, where an estimated 40% of COVID-19 deaths have so far occurred. Full story »